X-rays Can be Used to Sterilize Mosquitoes

Since the 1950s, scientists have used radiation to sterilize insects, which are then released into the wild to mate, but no offspring are produced. Known as the sterile insect technique (SIT), this insect-control method has traditionally relied on gamma rays to sterilize the insects. However, due to concerns about terrorism, gamma-ray irradiators have become increasingly […]

Study is Testing Mosquito Biting Rates and Control Methods

Grayson Brown, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky and Past President of the Entomological Society of America, is testing the biting rate of mosquitoes in residential backyards in Lexington, KY, and is also monitoring the effectiveness of mosquito control products. Due to a very wet summer and an early spring, the mosquito biting rate […]